Everton vs Southampton

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Will Wayne Rooney keep his place after being substituted again in the Blues' last outing at Huddersfield?

Everton wrap up their home fixtures for the season by hosting relegation-threatened Southampton in the late afternoon game.

The Saints will begin the day in 18th place and one point from safety but could, depending on results elsewhere in the earlier kick-offs, be deeper in the mire and in more desperate need of three points.

Everton, meanwhile, can consolidate their hold on eighth place with a result or guarantee a finish in that slot with a victory and a defeat for Leicester at home to West Ham… which would have important ramifications for Southampton given that they are three points behind the Hammers coming into the weekend.

Sam Allardyce looks set to have the same squad from which to select as he has for the last few games, with only Mason Holgate back in training from those facing medium-term lay-offs. Gylfi Sigurdsson's recovery continues but he is unlikely to play again before the World Cup.

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Once again, the manager could throw in a fringe player like he did last week with Nikola Vlasic but with the need to get a good result to further his own prospects of remaining in the Goodison hot seat next season in mind, he is unlikely to change things around too much.

That should mean an unchanged back five despite Ashley Williams's availability and Ramiro Funes Mori's keenness for game time and the continued presence of Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye in the holding roles.

And with Cenk Tosun and Theo Walcott nailed on to also start, it leaves just the wide left role and Wayne Rooney's place as the only areas where Allardyce could mix things up, with two of Rooney, Vlasic, Yannick Bolasie and Tom Davies the likely options.

Southampton's position is parlous but they will have been buoyed significantly by their 2-1 win in the south coast derby against Bournemouth last weekend. It was their first win in nine games under Mark Hughes who will not only be trying to save the Saints' skins but to avoid having a hand in the relegation of two Premier League clubs in the same season, an unwanted feat he he will achieve if Stoke go down as well.

The former Everton striker is still deprived of the services of Steven Davis because of an Achilles injury and will be without Sofiane Boufal out of choice following a recent bust-up.

Ultimately, Southampton's desperation could prove to be the decisive factor. They have been poor since these two teams last met in November, a match that, in tandem with the game against Atalanta, precipitated the move for Sam Allardyce but with the chips down and enough talent in the ranks in the likes of Charlie Austin and Dusan Tadic, they could pose the Toffees some problems.

Whatever the result, of course, Everton's manager and players are expected to remain on the pitch after the whistle for a lap of if not honour then hopefully appreciation from them at the support they have received despite a dreadful season.

Whether there will be many Blues left in the stands remains to be seen. There has been a swell of opinion on social media that fans should leave after the final whistle and further suggestions that a walkout be staged in the 78th minute to make a point. Evertonians aren't usually given to such collective acts of protest or defiance so it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

Kick-off: 5.30pm, Saturday 5 May, 2018
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Last Time: Everton 3 - 0 Southampton

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Jagielka, Keane, Baines, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Rooney, Bolasie, Walcott, Tosun


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Clive Rogers
1 Posted 05/05/2018 at 09:10:59
Personally I don’t believe an early walkout is necessary as the powers that be are well aware of how the fans feel and the changes they want. I won’t be staying for the lap of honour/ appreciation however.
Matthew Williams
2 Posted 05/05/2018 at 09:28:30
With the usual under performing players... sigh,the usual shite formation...jeez & the usual hoof & chase football...we still should win this one.

Tosun to score again !.

Joe O'Brien
3 Posted 05/05/2018 at 09:31:13
Totally disagree Clive, A mass walkout shows the board exactly how we feel. Season tickets are sold out again so they've got a loyal fan base.. but.. we do not want Sam-8th is our target next season- Allardyce in charge next season. He's sucking the life out of this club.
Gareth Clark
4 Posted 05/05/2018 at 09:41:54
If Rooney f*cking plays, I’ll be so angry. He has been shocking since the new year.

Klaassen straight into the starting line up for me - Davies has been poor off the bench, so he doesn’t warrant a start. Klassen hasn’t had a chance at all. GIVE HIM A GO.

Coleman Jagielka(c) Keane Baines
Gueye Schneiderlin Klaassen
Vlasic Tosun Walcott

Robles, FunesMori, Baninigime, Davies, Rooney, Bolasie, Tosun

Kunal Desai
5 Posted 05/05/2018 at 10:02:39
Should there be walkouts (which in my opinion a few hundred empty seats) won't make a difference. Protests of any sort should have happened 15 years ago. We then wouldn't be in the position of having managers like Martinez, Koeman and Allardyce running this club and Kenwright would not have been chairman.
Derek Knox
6 Posted 05/05/2018 at 10:05:59
I am with Joe O'Brien @3 that a walk out is the one action, apart from banners, that is sure to attract attention, not only by the Board,
but by the Cameras too.

I also hasten to add that if any banners are shown Bullens Road or Gwladys Street would be the best display point, as they would be in view of the Director's Box.

What a sad state we have come to, when we are even discussing this sort of action, but ' they ' must be made aware of the discontent throughout the majority of supporters.

Furthermore, it would re-inforce the fact that without supporters, the Club is reduced to nothing.

Geoffery Cadman
7 Posted 05/05/2018 at 10:08:01
Why are everybody blaming Big Sam. Haven't they read the Script " He's always the Victim, It's never his fault. Should be a kopite.
John Keating
8 Posted 05/05/2018 at 10:16:07
Depends on the early fixtures.

If the Saints players still think they have a decent chance to escape relegation they will be well up for it and I can see us having a bad day.

Can't see many changes in the line up from last week, maybe one change.

Thankfully the season is almost over and we can consign it in the disaster column. Thank Sam and send him on his way in a 7 seater with a few of the players.

Ian Hollingworth
9 Posted 05/05/2018 at 10:23:21
I agree with Kunai(5) our protests should have been a long time ago.
Big Sam gone and Kenwright still chairman means more of the same regardless of whose manager.
That is why a walkout is imperative as the board will not be able to avoid the publicity.
It has to be by a big number of people though to attract the attention needed.
Matthew Williams
10 Posted 05/05/2018 at 10:23:59
Your squad has Tosun in twice Gareth !!.

Double the goals ??.

Andrew Clare
11 Posted 05/05/2018 at 10:25:13
If everyone left 15 minutes from the end it would definitely have the desired effect.
Can’t see it happening though as most fans have paid good money to see their favourite team and will stand by them no matter what.
It’s a real Catch-22 situation as not enough people will leave early to make enough of an impression and the passive supporters will seemingly accept anything remotely resembling a football team.
This why we are in this position. 30 years of accepting mediocrity.
I hope that there are massive changes afoot otherwise we will remain in the wilderness.
I can’t believe that Moshiri after investing heavily in the club will be happy to keep things as they are.
mike barrett
12 Posted 05/05/2018 at 10:26:06
i want Sam out too but I really don't think anything will change while we've got kenwright and co on board so I think rather than giving Sam loads direct our anger at this unambitious board.
Do you really think this lot can appoint somebody decent to manage our once great club..bill's comments at the dixies were cringe worthy,Wayne's smile when he got the shirt etc! So by all means slag off allardyce but make sure Bill and his cronies know they re not wanted here anymore,this club will continue to decline as long as they are here!
Gary Willock
13 Posted 05/05/2018 at 10:26:44
A walk out in any other game may be a good idea, but it’s the last game of the season, and staying behind and giving the boys a chance to say thanks to the fans is the right thing to do.

We’ve been in worse places at the end of the season before, and I’ve heard the ground singing none the less. That’s what supporters are, and that’s the bond we need with the players.

A simple chant of “fuck off Sam Allardyce” on 18 and 78 would be more than enough to get a message across.

Tony Everan
14 Posted 05/05/2018 at 10:29:36
Clive 1

What do you think Liverpool supporters would be doing . Would they allow their club to be building for the future with the footballing dinosaur that is Sam Allardyce.

Would Arsenal fans accept it if he was touted as their way forward ?

Why sit there sunbathing in complacency,giving the impression that you’re happy for it continue, while the club falls further behind the top 6? It is totally unacceptable, unwatchable and depressing.

If they decide Sam is the best and only way forward for us, they should back him now with an extended contract. Otherwise he is a dead man walking.

Matthew Williams
16 Posted 05/05/2018 at 10:35:09
I'm all for the planned walkout if it brings about major changes at our club & we start to seriously address our adversion to Silverware.

Maybe the faithful could throw there current season tickets on to the pitch or better still at the Directors Box !?.

I do miss those cushions... sigh.

Ed Fitzgerald
17 Posted 05/05/2018 at 10:37:03
If people stay they are just condoning the way we are being treated by FS and the board.

A definitive statement should have been made either he is staying or going - a combination of cowardice on the boards part and surprise, surprise arrogance on his.

It would be a telling statement if the ground was half empty at the final whistle.

As for the players I don’t want half arsed laps of honour with people clapping them - they don’t deserve it bar a few exceptions..

Time to do something or clap along like a sea lion at FS circus of shit.

Anthony Murphy
18 Posted 05/05/2018 at 10:49:47
Is the idea of the walk out shared by others or just ToffeeWeb followers? The walkout by the RS over ticket prices had the desired effect and was reported widely, so bring it on I say. If enough do it, it will force the changes required.
Matthew Williams
19 Posted 05/05/2018 at 10:56:58
No doubt the footballing powers that be & every pundit in the land will call us a bunch of ungrateful sods for daring to question the running of our club & the "Miracle" F.S has brought about...FUCK 'EM.

Just to hear Alan Green spout his well worn phrase "Goodness Gracious" as Goodison starts to empty will make me smile.

Tony Abrahams
20 Posted 05/05/2018 at 11:08:33
Goodness gracious, is also a phrase I would be uttering to any pundit, who asks what Evertonians want?

These mostly ex players, who jump on each other's bandwagon, sometimes without using either their own eyes or their brains, would all be out of a fucking job in no time, if football was played the allardyce way.

Lawrence Green
21 Posted 05/05/2018 at 11:10:52
A walk-out on 78 minutes at today's game may not have the desired effect, it may not change any minds of those that are in charge of the clubs affairs but at least it would give a visibility to those of us who are not happy and haven't been happy for many years.

There were a few fans as long ago as 2003 who weren't at all satisfied with the club and its leadership, they made a banner and probably chanted rude things towards those in charge but not enough of us supported them.

Usually when the idea of showing disatisfaction with the club was raised, there were important games to be played and points to be won at either end of the table, today for Everton is not such a match and therefore it is an ideal game to show the hierarchy at the club that we are dissapointed and fed up of being taken for granted.

It is for that reason that I will be leaving early, it may only be a token gesture but at least I will know that I showed how unhappy I am with the club and its leadership.

Brian Murray
22 Posted 05/05/2018 at 11:20:45
Consolidate 8th place! I wonder if Sam had admitted that before season ticket sale opening what the outcome would have been. Dark days. Thanks again, Bill.
George McKane
23 Posted 05/05/2018 at 11:42:44
Dear friends
Woke up to a Bluetiful Sky - - had breakfast in the garden - - up at my writing desk now - - from my window I can see The River as still as a painting - - a slight shimmering mystical mist slowly lifting to show the City at its early morning dressing table getting ready for the day - - The Liver Bird looking over into my room - - I ’m sure it winked and slightly nodded at me as if to say “not long now George we’ll soon be turning this place Blue”.
The world of our Blue souls suddenly seemed so vast as to make even the current imbecilic custodians of our great Club seen insignificant - - they certainly do not seem to grasp or even try to understand our true long lasting lifetime heart tugging tearful love affair. That's why we made it through the years, we were made to love through thick and thin, our love just won't end, it’s there, in our blood, in our thoughts, our breath, our dreams, our visions, our souls and our songs and poetry. We do not need to be paid to carry flags and flares we are true poets an artists and lovers - - it’s our passion what floats in the air and our spirit that glows in the afternoon and evening sky.

“While she looks at you so cooly
And her eyes shine like the moon in the sea
She comes in incense and patchouli
So you take her, to find what's waiting inside
The year of the Cat
Well morning comes and you're still with her
And the bus and the tourists are gone
And you've thrown away your choice you've lost your ticket
So you have to stay on
But the drum-beat strains of the night remain
In the rhythm of the new-born day
You know sometime you're bound to leave her
But for now you're going to stay
In the year of the Cat”

My “posso “waves and cosmic grooves have been severely tested since January - - I feel I can say this today - - my little “man flu” led to 3 months of constant doctors, bed, toilet, hospitals, tests, injections, medication for Prostate Cancer, but more worrying, concerns about “spreading” but just last night had a call from Clatterbridge saying everything was “contained to the prostate and is manageable and not life threatening” - - no spread - - so today when I go to The Palace of Westminster (Road) and walk in leaden footed and dull eyed like Mc Murphy back from “treatment” and then smile at my friends and fellow Blues: “How about it? You creeps, you lunatics, mental defectives? Let's hear it for Bull Goose Randall back in action... You ding-a-lings. The Mental Defective League, in formation - - They uh, was givin' me ten thousand watts a day, you know, and I'm hot to trot. The next woman who takes me out is gonna light up like a pinball machine, and pay off in silver dollars”

I recall instantly some quotes from one of my favourite authors - - Vasily Grossman - - Life and Fate - - “I’ve realized now that hope almost never goes together with reason. It’s something quite irrational and instinctive.” I knew all along that Vasily was a True Blue.

For the last home game I will go quite early - - although I cannot drink any alcohol at the moment - - lemonade and water for me - - when I was getting antibiotics for a few days they put me on water and biscuits - - I said I was like Papillion - - but nevertheless I am determined to enjoy MY day and not let some Balloon ruin my day - - never take medicine for other people’s illness’s - - also intend to make my protest - - our current Fool In Charge will not deter me nor drive me away - - ''A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.'' - - and from William Blake - - who often sat naked on the roof of St.Lukes - - contemplating, composing - - 'Truly, My Satan, thou art but a Dunce, And dost not know the Garment from the Man” - - today is the day to show our selves, our spirit, our soul.

My cosmic battery, like my camera, is fully recharged and ready for action - - mouthorgan - - ready to blow man:
Can you surry, can you picnic?
Can you surry, can you picnic?
Surry down to a stoned soul picnic
Surry down to a stoned soul picnic
There'll be lots of time and wine
Red yellow honey, sassafras and moonshine
Red yellow honey
Sassafras and moonshine (moonshine)
Stoned soul, stoned soul
Surry down to a stoned soul picnic
Surry down to a stoned soul picnic
Rain and sun come in akin
And from the sky come the Lord and the lightning
And from the sky come
The Lord and the lightning
Stoned soul, stoned soul
Surry on soul
Surry, Surry, Surry, Surry
There'll be trains of blossoms (there'll be trains of blossoms)
There'll be trains of music (there'll be music)
There'll be trains of trust, trains of golden dust
Come along and surry on sweet trains of thought
Surry on down
Can you surry, can you surry
Surry down to a stoned soul picnic
Surry down to a stoned soul picnic
There'll be lots of time and wine
Red yellow honey, sassafras and moonshine
Red yellow honey
Sassafras and moonshine (moonshine)
Stoned soul, stoned soul
Stoned soul yeah
Surry on soul

Up and ready - - scrubbed, rubbed, never dubbed, everything clean - - ears (including behind) washed, clean vest - - well your Mum knows best - - what could happen - - ''If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is,infinite.'' - - My Mum (like yours ) knew all about William Blake - - our Mums were Mystics before it was Mystical - - Mersey Mums - - Containers of Culture - - wisdom knowledge love passion vision - - they had it all - - you know Anne you were a “pearler” - - God Bless Our Mums and Nins - - Fountains of Knowledge and Wisdom - - and hard cases.

It’s good that it’s a Bluetiful Blue Day and I can Surry on Down under the Tunnel, along Scotty, Stanley Road - - eyes right on Boundary Street where Bobs was - - I was the Paper Boy there until about 3 months ago - - look left to St Ollies - - Father Winder and Saturday Night Confessions - - and then onto Spensos for a Sas or Horlicks for being good - - Sunday Morning Mass and Communion - - Harcourt Street further along and Mary Walsh (Cool Beyond Belief) - - Sunday Night at The CI - - Blue Silk Suit - - two Vents at the back - - 3 button with top one fastened - - Yellow Ben Sherman Button Down - - Open neck and silk cravat - - Saxon Comos Ox Bloods - - Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions - - (say) Its Allright - - Daisy Street School - - and then down onto Wessie Road - - and there I can see it - - TDH and slightly above it touching the Blue Sky - - Goodison - - these are the Streets and The Walks of my Childhood and Youth and nobody - - No Big Suited Double Breasted Balloon with more faces that the Town Hall Clock - - is going to stop me - - see you there later and forever.

There are many many crazy things
That will keep me loving you
And with your permission
May I list a few
The way you wear your hat
The way you sip your tea
The memory of all that
No, no they can't take that away from me
The way your smile just beams
The way you sing off key
The way you haunt my dreams
No, no they can't take that away from me
We may never never meet again, on that bumpy road to love
Still I'll always, always keep the memory of
The way you hold your knife
The way we danced until three
The way you changed my life
No, no they can't take that away from me
No, they can't take that away from me

Dan’s Dan just called me and him and Dan and his Mum will see me as usual in The Park End and then join me at House of Ambrosia (TDH) - - Dan as you may know just won Everton Fan of the year at The Dixies - - Well Done Dantastic - www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7Lt84h7rgQ

So I am off soon - - I send Ginormous Cosmic Blue Grooves to Evertonians and Dear Friends everywhere - - Love and Peace to You All - - Your friend - - George.

Someday soon I hope good things come to you
And someday soon hope your wishes all come true
Keep holding on to the love that has brought you here
And someday soon darkness will disappear

Iain Johnston
24 Posted 05/05/2018 at 11:43:51
I'd like to see 3421,

Jags, Keane, RFM.

Seamus, Gana, Snides, Baines.

Walcott, Vlasic.


Let them have a go Allardyce FFS!

Steve Ferns
25 Posted 05/05/2018 at 11:49:33
George, sorry to hear about your cancer. My father was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He’s the one who made me a staunch blue.

I hope you keep yours at bay or get rid of it. You’re one of the great Everton characters so I hope to see you well and back on TV soon.

Brian Wilkinson
26 Posted 05/05/2018 at 11:51:28
Anthony@18, not just Toffedweb, it has been put out on twitter and Facebook as well, with planned leaflets before the game being handed out.
Lawrence Green
27 Posted 05/05/2018 at 11:53:19
George # 23

It will be a long summer, without your special posts to help us through - sorry to hear that you were ill - made up to hear that you are fit and able to attend Goodison - Cosmic grooves to you and yours George - enjoy the sunshine.

John McGimpsey
28 Posted 05/05/2018 at 12:09:04
Toffees need to stand together and none of this "What's the point" shite. Anyone who stays is a fool end of.
Christopher Timmins
29 Posted 05/05/2018 at 12:37:11
Hoping for another 3 points and to break the 50 point barrier. I said in a post yesterday that we are not a club who can attract the elite managers, however, for a young ambitious manager, we provide a great opportunity to make a major breakthrough.

Jamie Evans
30 Posted 05/05/2018 at 12:39:05
Best of luck to your Dad Steve and of course to our own cosmic George.

Puts things into perspective really doesn't it.

Barry McNally
31 Posted 05/05/2018 at 12:43:58
George, good to hear that it's manageable - look forward to more cosmic grooves next season and a lot more seasons to come - onward and upwards. Hopefully there will be plenty out the door and it's big enough for some of them!
Tony Everan
32 Posted 05/05/2018 at 12:44:47

Good to hear you are on the mend, having lost my mum to cancer recently it is heartwarming to hear a positive story.

Cosmic grooves, waves and blue photonic plasmas sent with love from this Evernut to you.

Brian Williams
33 Posted 05/05/2018 at 12:48:15
Good news George. If you go back to Clatterbridge for checks ask them if you can have a shufty at my prosate. It's in jar BW11/ 2011 LOL!
Christy Ring
34 Posted 05/05/2018 at 12:48:23
Totally agree with the walk out, it's the only way the fans will be listened too. We cannot tolerate the shite football under Allardyce, and let's be honest, all he was ever known for, was stopping teams from being relegated, and the walk out will certainly be noticed by Moshiri.
He'll probably start Rooney again today in midfield, even though he's being shocking, instead of giving Klaassen a chance to boost his confidence.
George McKane
35 Posted 05/05/2018 at 12:55:40
Thank you all for such lovely thoughts - - got them via TW and of course the Cosmos.

Top Of The World Ma.

Steve Ferns
36 Posted 05/05/2018 at 13:02:14
Thanks Jamie, I appreciate the thoughts as pancreatic cancer is the worst. My Dad is an extremely fit man and I hope that counts for him in his fight.
Chris Gould
37 Posted 05/05/2018 at 13:08:27
The problem with leaving it until the 78th minute is that we may be winning 3-0 and looking good. The BT sport pundits will then find it all very bemusing and we will be slated by them and the media. They all firmly believe we should know our place, and that's 7th-ish (in their eyes).

The players have previously downed tools when they've wanted rid of a manager. There's been no evidence of that thus far.
I think the decision will have already been made and the club already know how the fans feel. The 78th minute is going to be interesting.

Brian Williams
38 Posted 05/05/2018 at 13:13:25
Can't fault your optimism Chris Gould.
3-0 up on 78 minutes?
That wouldn't be bemusing that would be miarculous!
Steve Ferns
39 Posted 05/05/2018 at 13:22:46
Wouldn't we need 3 shots on goal to be 3-0 up? I see a flaw in your thinking!
Anthony Murphy
40 Posted 05/05/2018 at 13:29:09
Chris, I agree no sign of players downing tools and if anything, there isn’t (unless I’ve missed it) any evidence of disharmony with playing staff. Previously with Koeman and Martinez, we had players openly questioning tactics, training etc, but BS has their backing. I think that says a lot about the ambition and mindset of many members of our squad.
Steve Ferns
41 Posted 05/05/2018 at 13:50:22
Or the fact that many of them are playing for their careers Anthony.

Where does Rooney go from here? Schneiderlin would be finished in his wage bracket if he had not picked his form up. Tosun would be sent back to turkey and would be unlikely to get another chance, Walcott is playing for the World Cup, Gueye would perform for anyone. 3 of the back 4 are consummate professionals. Keane is still stuttering but his career is on the line also.

Phil Greenough
42 Posted 05/05/2018 at 14:03:39
George, congratulations on your result, shows there are things far more important than football. The only sad thing about this season finishing is we won't be able to enjoy your penmanship for three months.
Chris Gould
43 Posted 05/05/2018 at 14:11:28
Steve, I'm drooling at the prospect of 3 shots on target!
Brian's even invented a new word for the unlikely event - 'miarculous'.

It really would just be your luck. An absolute barnstormer of a game and you're looking back over your shoulder as you shuffle away.

Steve Ferns
44 Posted 05/05/2018 at 14:16:37
Nah, I'm thinking bigger picture. I'd be pleased if the blues won 4-0 and all the goals came after we left. MOTD and Sky would still have to show all the empty seats as the goals went in.

I'd also just watch it on the TVs downstairs.

Derek Knox
45 Posted 05/05/2018 at 14:32:01
Stoke have gone down, will we miss them?

Their lap of dishonour will be in a bin-wagon.

Feel sorry for the fans, but they are always the victims of relegation, players will move on.

Dave Brierley
46 Posted 05/05/2018 at 14:39:17

Great to hear you're on the mend George and you have the close season now to fully recover.

Loved the lyrics of that Gershwin classic, one of my fav tunes of all time.

Thanks for all the smiles this season.

Paul Tran
47 Posted 05/05/2018 at 14:43:03
I really hope the walkout is mob-handed and creates a stir. Question is, should I turn my laptop off?
Dermot Byrne
48 Posted 05/05/2018 at 14:45:27
George you and Gosia in my thoughts mate and pleased about what is great news. Just been in hospital myself. All in all a bloody nuisance when there are still things to be done - as you know. Your old mate from LCVS.
Dave Abrahams
49 Posted 05/05/2018 at 14:46:27
Sad to hear of your ordeal, George, over the last few months, so glad you have received some positive news, very best wishes and better health for the future, the same goes for your dad Steve.

Enjoy your day George and all Blue Boys at the game, I'll be walking out as planned at seventy eight minutes to satisfy my beliefs that Everton deserve better than Allardyce to manage our club, I think he is going anyway but every little helps, for those who are staying, fair enough, each to his own.

To all Evertonians who can't make it to the game but would have walked out, well I'm walking out for you as well as myself.

Dermot Byrne
50 Posted 05/05/2018 at 14:47:48
No Paul...you must watch and suffer! If we don't pay for a ticket, that is our burden!
Neil Copeland
51 Posted 05/05/2018 at 14:56:05
Although I don't know either of you my thoughts are with you George and for your dad Steve.

A walkout when we are winning handsomely sends the strongest message of all I would say.

Regardless of the score though we have to force the club to take note. My season ticket is for the Top Balcony but I have given that up to a friend for today who has promised they will walk out. Meanwhile I have purchased 2 tickets for the Par End so I can take my daughter and we can both walk out.

All out of the gate on 78.

All out of the gate on 78.

Neil Copeland
52 Posted 05/05/2018 at 14:56:05
Although I don't know either of you my thoughts are with you George and for your dad Steve.

A walkout when we are winning handsomely sends the strongest message of all I would say.

Regardless of the score though we have to force the club to take note. My season ticket is for the Top Balcony but I have given that up to a friend for today who has promised they will walk out. Meanwhile I have purchased 2 tickets for the Par End so I can take my daughter and we can both walk out.

All out of the gate on 78.

All out of the gate on 78.

Dave Abrahams
53 Posted 05/05/2018 at 14:56:42
Forgot about the game, well you tend to under Sam, expect to see Fraser Hornby on the bench then come on late in the game, go on one of the wings and go for long balls punted upfield and try to head them on as Dominic is expected to do, Fraser is a striker same as Domonicbut will go on the wing, Allardyce is a tactical genius as we all know.
Paul Tran
54 Posted 05/05/2018 at 15:05:28
That's my thoughts Dermot. I'm looking forward to hearing the pundits chastising the leaving Blues for their ingratitude.

Best wishes to George and Mr Ferns Senior!

Christy Ring
55 Posted 05/05/2018 at 15:05:52
I see that Lookman has scored again, another ridiculous decision by Sam.
James Hughes
56 Posted 05/05/2018 at 15:07:04
Dave A #'49 Top man on the walk-out, I hope it is well supported. I only get to go to a couple of games a season these days. Since Sam has been there I have not looked to book. As Dermot says we have to pay our burden as well, so I will be watching and applauding all those who leave on 78 minutes. COYB
Dale Rose
57 Posted 05/05/2018 at 15:09:57
Good on you George. Very positive what we need at the moment. I walked out of hospital after a prostrate test with an arse like a ten pin bowling ball. I'll never say I don't mind medical students staying again.
Steve Ferns
58 Posted 05/05/2018 at 15:10:28
Thanks guys.
John Hammond
59 Posted 05/05/2018 at 15:12:38
Keeping an eye on the BBC live text and will be downing a shot of Bourbon every time Garth Crooks, Danny Mills, Danny Murphy or Alan Shearer make a comment along the lines of Everton fans are a disgrace/Allardyce is the besterest manager/Big Sam is doing an amazing job/Allardici doesn't deserve to be treated like this/HE SAVED THEM!
Neil Copeland
60 Posted 05/05/2018 at 15:14:07
John, I hope you a litre bottle ready .
Mike Corcoran
61 Posted 05/05/2018 at 15:18:03
Welcome back George McKane, blasting out the Van and The healing has begun here for you
Ed Fitzgerald
62 Posted 05/05/2018 at 15:31:56

Lovely to hear you are on the mend. I look forward to your Saturday musings from the Wirral. always poignant, always moving, always funny. Loved the Mc Murphy reference took me back back to being teenager.

If we keep taking the medicine our very own Nurse Ratchet is doping us with - we are going to be anaesthetised forever. You should do the team talk George - rather than that gum chewing ogre - at least the players would be feeling positive.

Have a great day with your posse George.

Brent Stephens
63 Posted 05/05/2018 at 15:33:29
Good news from George. And best wishes for Steve's dad.
Matthew Williams
64 Posted 05/05/2018 at 15:42:03
If that shithouse Slidingin starts I'll be walking out the pub on 78 seconds !.
Dave Elliott
65 Posted 05/05/2018 at 15:51:33
Walk out on 78 minutes go downstairs and comeback after final whistle to support the teams lap of mediocrity
David Barks
66 Posted 05/05/2018 at 15:56:10
Lookman now has 2 goals today. So that’s what, 4 goals for him over there Mr Allardyce?
Neil Wood
67 Posted 05/05/2018 at 16:07:04
Christy... never a truer word spoken. That's a sackable offence in itself for me. The only genuine game changer we have on our books and he's shipped off to Germany. Disgrace.

Should never ever of got rid of Delefeou also in my opinion.

Peter Mills
68 Posted 05/05/2018 at 16:12:58
Dave#49. Like you, I have never left an Everton game before the final whistle. I would have done so today but am out of the country, so thanks for doing it for me.
David Barks
69 Posted 05/05/2018 at 16:14:34

While I agree regarding Lookman of course, we didn’t get rid of Deulofeu. Barcelona took him back using the clause in his contract.

Dave Ganley
70 Posted 05/05/2018 at 16:19:21
Just on way to the game and I shall be walking out on 78 minutes. Kunal you are correct that this should have been happening a long time ago but that shouldn't detract from the fact that we are doing something now. Better late than never and I urge all blues who are going to the game to do the same.
Joe O'Brien
71 Posted 05/05/2018 at 16:20:08
Two good finishes by Lookman also. What a stupid decision to let him go. Hopefully he'll come back once we get rid of this dinosaur that we've got in charge.
Kunal Desai
72 Posted 05/05/2018 at 16:24:38
After a poor poor season we will finish 8th in all likeliness.
Gary Fenton
73 Posted 05/05/2018 at 16:33:22
Bolaise starts FFS
Gary Fenton
74 Posted 05/05/2018 at 16:35:42
Pickford, Coleman, Jagielka, Keane, Baines, Gueye
Schneiderlin, Vlasic, Davies
Bolasie, Tosun
Jay Wood

75 Posted 05/05/2018 at 16:50:10
Lookman's goals can be seen here in a short highlights reel:


He scores the first and third goals and contributes to the fourth.

Jay Wood

76 Posted 05/05/2018 at 17:00:42
Given how the results have gone this arvo, we have got to be 'on this' from the off, because the Saints will want - and need this - BIG TIME!

WBA's fate remains in the hands of others, but you have to doff your cap to Darren Moore who has inspired a remarkable turnaround from their 'dead men walking' position of just a few weeks ago.

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